What applications can I use lead alternatives for?

What applications can I use lead alternatives for?

Weather resistant flashing is traditionally made from lead.  Lead is fitted by roofers in the majority of cases. However, there is still call for plumbers experienced in the art of ‘dressing’ or ‘working’ lead (i.e. getting lead as close to surfaces it covers as possible). This is where lead-free alternatives can play a part. Because of the rising cost of lead, theft of lead and concerns around its toxicity, some people are turning to alternatives that are easy to work with.

Lead-free applications

Lead-free flashing can be applied to flat or pitched roofs, around roof tile vents, windows, chimneys, and abutments. It is suitable for many applications including slate, concrete, clay, and metal.

Respected brand names that you’ll recognise as manufacturers of other top construction materials such as UbbinkKloberDEKS, and Cromar offer tried and tested lead replacements.

Growing in popularity, lead alternatives are often self-adhesive and can be easily cut with knives or scissors. These alternatives are lightweight, cheaper than lead, and at a stable price. Lead-free alternatives are on the rise in popularity and have no scrap value, so aren’t at risk of theft. Some areas in the US even report that squirrels are wearing down lead flashing, causing alternatives to be chosen!

Lead flashing alternatives come in a variety of thicknesses and roll sizes so that you can order exactly what you need with no fuss. Lead alternatives are available to suit all needs, typically manufactured from a polymer rubber with a metal grid inside to offer slightly more rigidity whilst keeping the product malleable. Some options are also self-adhesive.

Reasons for choosing a lead-free flashing

  • Cost-effective
  • Malleable
  • Last up to 30 years
  • Safe to handle
  • Non-toxic
  • No contamination of run-off
  • No scrap value
  • Environmentally friendly

Shop lead and lead alternatives here or contact our Drainage Superstore helpline on 01752 692 221 for more information on the products you can use instead of lead flashing.